One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist, or a computer techie, to analyze that anything that uses the internet and a network is prone to hacking, and this includes the technology for smart homes.

The smart home industry using the Internet of Things (IoT) is currently estimated to go all out in the mass market by 2020 and the market could hit around $58 billion in worth. However, the smart home concept is far from bulletproof secure, and when it does go mass market mainstream, people fear that anything with IoT can be penetrated by cybercriminals, thus, gaining entry into their homes. Some of the issues that have come recently after testing include:

Camera Hacking

Home security systems, smart doorbells, smart home applications like Amazon’s Echo Look use cameras and feeds to improve access and functionality. Users can control cameras to view different areas of the home or to see who has arrived at the front door. A hacker wanting to access the home network and exploit it can find vulnerabilities within camera devices. Once inside, the cybercriminal can seize control of the camera and even intercept warning and security messages. Any camera connected to the IoT can be hacked and used instead to spy on the homeowner and case the home.

Smart Locks Hacked

Smart locks make it easy to get into your home, even if your hands are full, by simply waving a RFID-equipped tag or enter a code to gain access. Hackers can exploit these security devices through the apps used to set them up. In fact, any malware-loaded application loaded into the smart home system will be able to access and exploit common smart locks in seconds.

Home Assistant Hacking

From Amazon’s Alexa to Google’s smart home assistants, the devices designed to make your life easier could also provide access to your home for hackers or result in costly errors. For instance, the home assistant cannot differentiate if an elderly family member with dementia orders dozens of new appliances or accepts an order from a child for a hundred Barbie dolls. Also, any third party could easily access your device and order items for themselves as well. As these systems become more sophisticated and include cameras, they can be used to exploit your network and privacy.

Smart Doorbell Hacked

Smart doorbells are designed to enhance security because you can see who is at your front door. However, smart doorbells can also put your network at risk. Recent security tests showed that hackers can exploit any smart doorbell to gain access to the entire Wi-Fi network; the hacker simply removes the doorbell’s cover and press the reset button to be granted access.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 6:22:50 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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